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Here is something really special! Iconic Fender Japan 52 Vintage Reissue Telecaster from 1998 transformed into an Esquire with comfy V-shape neck, glorious Tortoiseshell pickguard, Eldred modded wiring, USA spec CTS A250K pots, 1960s Mullard capacitor in the "cocked wah" circuit, Orange Drop capacitor in the Tone circuit, Fender Pat Pend bridge with compensated brass saddles and superb Kluson tuners. Unique and versatile, this guitar is oozing style and character.


Classy Piano black body has beautiful natural resonance, classic SS body routing and balanced weight. Now you can use that empty neck pickup cavity to smuggle your favourite things around. Body has plenty of surface wear and small blemishes and dings here and there from the last 26 years, but no structural damage or mods.


V-shape maple neck boasts vintage-correct 7.25-inch fretboard radius and rolled fretboard edges, that makes it a true pleasure to play. Original Kluson tuners work smoothly and vintage frets have plenty of life left in them. Nut is well cut and the truss-rod is operational, adjusted at the heel.


Lovely tonal palette is provided by a classic twangy Fender Japan Vintage 52 Reissue Telecaster Alnico V pickup, wired to a USA-spec CTS A250K volume and tone pots. Modified "Eldred wiring" provides 3 distinct sounds and is very versatile. "Cocked wah" position 1 sends the signal through a real vintage Mullard Mustard 3300pf capacitor from the 1960s for that classic "darkened" Esquire sound with no extra mud. In this position the Tone control is bypassed.


Position 2 is the classic Tele bridge sound with both Volume and Tone pots active, where smooth treble roll off is provided by Orange Drop 0.01uf capacitor. Position 3 bypasses both Volume and Tone and sends the signal of the pickup straight to the output jack, which means maximum power from the pickup and a nice "lead boost" sound always available at the flick of a switch. The idea with Eldred wiring is to be able to preset your treble in position 2 and use position 1 for darker rhythm sounds and position 3 for lead.


Solid sustain and incredible tuning stability both are achieved thanks to the classic Fender Pat Pend bridge with thick baseplate. Brass saddles add depth and texture to the tone and their compensated design helps a lot with getting the intonation spot on.


This instrument received a full professional setup with deep body cleaning, body polish, neck deep clean, full electronics check, truss-rod and action and intonation adjustment. Restringed with D'addario 10-46 Nickel-plated steel strings.


This guitar will be shipped around UK with Parcelforce courier, safely packed into a sturdy guitar cardboard box. 24h courier service provided to UK customers. Worldwide shipping available as well!


Fender Esquire Telecaster - 52 Vintage Reissue - Japan - Piano Black (1998)

  • SPECS:

    MODEL: Fender Japan Esquire Telecaster conversion 52 Vintage Reissue


    YEAR: 1998, A-serial CIJ (neck heel stamp JUN 98)


    COLOUR: Piano Black, gloss finish


    NECK: soft V-shape maple neck, honey amber gloss finish, neck stamp TL-52DEX2


    NUT WIDTH: 42.3 mm


    NECK THICKNESS: 1st fret - 23 mm; 12th fret - 24.7 mm


    FRETBOARD: maple, 7.25-inch radius


    FRETS: 21 vintage frets with moderate wear


    TUNERS: Kluson Vintage slotted tuners, aged nickel finish


    BODY: Basswood body, original SS body routing, neck pocket stamp TL-52D/EX2


    PICKGUARD: 3-ply tortoiseshell


    TOTAL WEIGHT: 3,6 kg


    BRIDGE: Fender Pat Pend 3-saddle vintage style bridge, upgraded Gotoh brass saddles with compensated design for perfect intonation, strings-through-body anchoring


    WEAR: body wear with some dings and scratches, wear near the bass side of the bridge, several dings on the back of the neck and top of headstock


    PICKUPS: original Fender Japan Alnico V bridge single-coil


    WIRING: fully upgraded USA-spec wiring with Oak USA 3-way switch, full-size CTS USA A250K "dimple" volume and tone pots, Orange Drop tone capacitor, Mullard Mustard vintage 1960s capacitor for the "neck position" tone (cocked wah)


    Please note that although we put our heart and soul and also all our knowledge into every single guitar we sell, a setup is a personal preference. However, we try to get the best playability out of every guitar and set them up so you can play both rhythm and lead. We also pull them all apart to clean and check every single component and replace all unreliable parts with new ones, from dodgy pots to the whole wiring, tuners, string trees, nuts and etc. All the work done is described in detail in the listing.

    We make sure that every guitar we sell is problem free and take full responsibility for the accuracy of our listing descriptions. All photographs are done by a professional photographer and processed on a calibrated monitor. Some colours might look slightly different on your monitor, but we will always put the official Fender colour name in the listing description, so please study pictures of other guitars with the same colour if you are unsure. We focus on finding great quality guitars and making them reliable and inspiring to play.

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